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Cops: Serial 911 Abuser Called to Report Lost Phone

Connecticut woman is accused of calling 911 at least 76 times since March

(Newser) - Calling 911 is reserved for emergencies only, a fact that a Connecticut woman is accused of blatantly ignoring. Michelle Davis, 43, was arrested after two calls made in October: one on Oct. 3 in which she complained about not being able to find her cellphone (and in which she was... More »

Here's Yet Another Thing You Shouldn't Call 911 About

Annoying roommates: not 911-worthy

(Newser) - Add this to the long list of things that do not warrant a 911 call: an annoying roommate. Junes Rose Gines, 20, of West Palm Beach, was arrested last week after calling 911 three times in quick succession to say that she wanted her roommate arrested for "bothering her"... More »

Desperate Burglar Stuck in Elevator Calls 911: Cops

But not before he got to joyride on a middle-school buffing machine, police say

(Newser) - Thousands of students are entering middle school this week, but one teen apparently entered a Delaware middle school a little too soon, and illegally, the AP reports. Cops say Michael Claude, 19, broke into Laurel Middle School yesterday and told them he took a Labor Day joyride through the halls... More »

911 Dispatcher Hangs Up on Caller as Teen Is Dying

'I’m not gonna deal with this, OK?'

(Newser) - "OK, you know what ma'am, you could deal with it yourself. I’m not gonna deal with this, OK?" That's what a firefighter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was recorded telling a 911 caller after a 17-year-old was shot at a party. The exchange involved Albuquerque Fire Department... More »

Cops: Guy Faked Chest Pains to Get Air Conditioner Fixed

It was his 63rd bogus 911 call

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man who thought paramedics would be willing and able to repair his air conditioner when his medical emergency turned out to be fake has been charged with obstructing emergency services, police say. According to a police report obtained by the Smoking Gun , Travis Turner, believed to be 26... More »

Another Example of When You Shouldn't Call 911

To complain about your Chinese food

(Newser) - It's another important public reminder about the 911 system: Calling to complain about your Chinese food is not an acceptable use of it. A woman in Alliance, Ohio, found that out when she phoned in from a local Chinese restaurant to gripe about the quality of her food and... More »

Detroit EMT Allegedly Refused to Help Dying Baby

Ann Marie Thomas was fired on Wednesday

(Newser) - A Detroit EMT has lost her job; a Detroit mother has lost something infinitely more precious. Detroit Police Commissioner Edsel Jenkins on Wednesday announced that Ann Marie Thomas was fired after allegedly refusing to respond to a call made by a mother whose 8-month-old girl had stopped breathing. The child,... More »

Ailing Vet Calls 911 for Food, Gets 'Miracle'

Clarence Blackmon's story resonated with the dispatcher

(Newser) - Clarence Blackmon, an 81-year-old Army veteran, returned to his North Carolina apartment after battling prostate cancer to find his cupboards bare and his stomach rumbling. "The grocery store wouldn't deliver without a deposit and I couldn't make it there," he tells the Huffington Post . So he... More »

Partygoers Busted After One Butt-Dials 911


(Newser) - Today's entry in the annals of " When Butt-Dials Go Wrong ": A Wisconsin teen's cellphone dialed 911 accidentally, and when police responded at 3:49am yesterday, they found an "underage drinking party" going on at a house in Rothschild, the Wausau Daily Herald reports. Five women... More »

911 Operator to Teen Whose Dad Died: 'Stop Whining'

She called 911 after her dad was hit by a passing car while changing a flat

(Newser) - When a teenage girl called 911 after her father and his fiancee were struck in a hit-and-run while changing a flat tire, she was so distraught that the 911 operator had a hard time ascertaining her location. Even so, he is catching flak for telling her to "stop yelling"... More »

Woman Cooking Sees Deer Run in Her Bathroom

She calls 911 as deer smashes things up

(Newser) - Police say a deer burst through the front doors of a New Jersey home, darted through the residence and ransacked the master bathroom. Galloway police received a 911 call at around 3:30pm yesterday from a woman reporting that a deer ran through her house while she was putting sweet... More »

Signal Fire Requested by Police Kills Boating Survivor

It quickly spread to engulf boat after accident in Canada

(Newser) - A fatal boating accident in Canada last year is raising questions about the amount of time it took for authorities to arrive on the scene. But one detail reported by the Toronto Star is especially unsettling: When survivor Rob Dorzek called 911 to get help for himself and his three... More »

Slain Newlywed Gave Wrong Address to 911

Victim in murder-suicide had numbers transposed

(Newser) - It's not clear whether the mistake cost Kelly Ecker Samson her life, but the Indiana newlywed repeatedly gave the wrong address to police when she called to report that her husband was assaulting her, reports the Indianapolis Star . Samson, 50, gave her address as 4205 North Creal St., instead... More »

Guy Butt-Dials 911, Gets Busted for Drugs

He's arrested after authorities overhear his conversation

(Newser) - There's no need for phone-tapping when criminals call the police on themselves. That's what allegedly happened to one Grant O'Connor, 25, WKRN reports: He butt-dialed 911 as he chatted about a dealer and doing drugs, police say. Officials traced the call, which led them to a restaurant... More »

Stripper Denies a Guy Sex, He Calls 911

William McDaniel was arrested for soliciting prostitution

(Newser) - There are some incidents that don't warrant a 911 call. One of those is when a stripper won't turn a lap dance into sex. William McDaniel, 53, learned this Saturday night, when he paid $350 for a private dance at Sagebrush Sam’s Exotic Dance Club in Butte,... More »

Woman: Disney Star Threatened to Kill My Family

Orlando Brown allegedly caught on 911 call

(Newser) - Has yet another Disney star fallen into hot water? TMZ reports Orlando Brown, who appeared on That's So Raven from 2003 to 2007 , allegedly threatened to kill a woman, her daughter, and her mom on Monday. In a 911 recording, a male voice—allegedly that of Brown, standing outside... More »

Cop: We Lie About 911 Calls to Make Arrests

North Carolina officer admits to using tactic

(Newser) - The police chief in Durham, North Carolina, has warned officers to stop lying about fake 911 calls in order to enter people's homes and make arrests, Opposing Views reports. The tactic came up during a court hearing in May when an officer admitted to doing it. Officer AB Beck... More »

911 Dispatcher Handles Call About Her Choking Son

Panic gives way to calmness, and all ends well

(Newser) - A 911 dispatcher in California had to handle a call that struck particularly close to home—the caller was her fiance pleading for help because their toddler son was choking. "I heard him say an address and I perked up, and then I heard him say it again and... More »

911 Dispatcher to Rape Victim: 'Quit Crying'

Operator wasn't exactly sensitive during the emergency call

(Newser) - A woman who was raped in Columbus, Ohio, said the 911 dispatcher she called after her attack had “zero sympathy” after the victim got this response during her call: “Ma’am, you’re going to have to quit crying so I can get the information from you."... More »

Man Calls 911 Seven Times Over Spilled Beer

His wife apparently threw it out

(Newser) - There are many inappropriate reasons that people call 911. But usually, they stop the first time police yell at them. But not Carlos Bueno Mir of West Palm Beach, Florida. The 49-year-old was arrested after calling the emergency line seven times over the span of four hours, police say. The... More »

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